Today was the day that we headed out from Guatemala City to Antigua.  We all woke up around 7:30 AM and got ready for the day.  We showered, and then packed our belongings.  At 8:30, we sat down for “desayuno típico”, which is a typical Guatemalan breakfast that consisted of eggs, beans, tortillas, salsa, and plantains.  It was very delicious and everyone definitely seemed to enjoy it. After breakfast, we did one last look through the hostel to make sure that we were not forgetting anything, and then headed down to the parking lot where our bus and driver were waiting to take us to Antigua.  We loaded our stuff, said our goodbyes to the hostel staff, and headed to Antigua! The…
Content As the cadets headed to their morning meeting, Cadet Joseph Donahue grabbed this photo of the mountains in the distance.  A few cadet expressed surprise that the state of Arizona is so mountainous.  Those cadets who had done some research share that Arizona is home to 3,928 summits and peaks. That’s right!  There are more mountains in Arizona than in any one of the surrounding states – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Twenty-six of those peaks reach elevations of 10,000 feet or more.  Some followers who have heard the saying, “As hot as a dessert.” may wonder why the cadets are wearing jackets.  January happens to be the coolest month in…
  This morning, Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets studying at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Arizona got up close and personal with a saguaro cactus – but not too close!   The cadets couldn’t believe that they were actually staring up at the tallest cactus in the United States, found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert.  The cadets learned that a saguaro cactus may live as long as 150 - 200 years.  Our younger followers can click on this link and enjoy an interactive exploration of daytime life and nighttime life around a saguaro cactus. It was created by the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.   https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/   Followers of all ages will enjoy…
Today was our first full day in Guatemala City. We all woke up at seven so we could shower and get ready for breakfast. The showerheads here in the hostel are electric and you can see the wires hooked onto it. They warned us not to touch it because it will shock you. I got shocked because I wasn’t used to this type of shower. We were also told not to drink the tap water because we would get sick, so we had to use the filtered water provided for brushing our teeth. This was a culture shock because we are used to living in a developed country.  Experiencing this helps us understand the cultural norms here and gives us an appreciation for what we have back in the states. We were served…
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Fourteen Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets majoring in Emergency Management & Homeland Security  (EMHS) are off on an adventure of a lifetime!  When they return from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Arizona on January 27th, they will not be the same men and women who said good-bye to their families early this morning.  In fifteen days, they will return stronger, more confident, and possessing a wide range of leadership skills that they never thought possible. The cadets will surrender their cellphones on Wednesday.  Until then, watch for their blogs and photographs.   The learning adventure for K-12 students participating in the Follow The Voyage - Share The…
As the ten cadets majoring in Emergency Management & Environmental Protection prepared for their humanitarian work in Guatemala, they were asked the same question over and over again, “What is the country of Guatemala like?”  You may be wondering the same thing. Although these ten cadets will be working and not sightseeing, I hope that these travel videos will provide students participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program an idea of what the cadets may see as they travel from place to place.      
  Today was the day I have been waiting for since I joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy - finally getting to travel the world to help others. I woke up out of my own bed at 0530 for the last time until February 2nd. I woke up with a few different feelings. The first thing I was feeling was excitement, finally getting the chance to do something I have dreamed of doing for a long time. The second feeling I had was a feeling of nervousness. I have never traveled outside of the country, excluding Canada which is a five hour drive from my house. Finally, I felt sad, knowing that I wouldn't see my family and my girlfriend for another three weeks.  I got to the airport at 0800 for our…
Meet 1/C David Moore, an Emergency Management & Homeland Security major from Newbury (Plum Island), Massachusetts.  David attended Newbury Elementary School, Triton Middle School, and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.  David explained that he is leaving North America for the first time.  “The only place I have ever traveled to besides the United States is Canada. “ Over the past four years, David has gathered hands-on experience in his field.   “As a 4/C cadet, I went to Eustis, Florida for two weeks working with Habitat for Humanity building houses for veterans in need.  I worked with the Wareham Police Department going into my 2/C to find out if a job in the…